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Jones was named deputy chief about 2012. His father, Carter Jones, was once Clarendon fire chief. “Most every little boy wants to be a fireman at some point, I think,” he said. “I had those kind of influences growing up from my family, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to be.” Jones said he also enjoys helping people. “The fire service, in a nutshell, is all about people,” he said. “It’s not about you, not about the shiny fire truck. It’s about people. That’s my main motivation for being in the fire service: people.” Jones said he enjoys being on the front lines, whether that means saving someone’s home or someone’s life, or working with fire prevention. “I also enjoy working at the leadership level, because I believe we can inspire those to take these same types of positions in life,” Jones said. In his position as deputy chief, Jones has served as one of the department's recruit class instructors, and has been instrumental in bringing more young people into the volunteer fire service. "That's good experience that he has, because one thing he will be doing as state fire marshal is he's in charge of the state Fire Academy," said Epperson. "He's previously served as an instructor at the state Fire Academy." Jones was previously a recipient of the Clarendon County Fire Department's Officer of the Year Award in 2005, and he received the Jefferson Davis Medal of Valor in 2004, and was a joint recipient of the S.C. State Firefighters' Association's Meritorious Action Award in 1997. UPDATE: Jones ready to get to work as SC's new fire marshal